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Join Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, one of the country's leading anti-racist voices, New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award winner and historian, as he discusses his book, How To Be An Antiracist, Monday, November 9, 6-7 p.m. Kendi, selected by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2020, will be joined in conversation with WBEZ’s award-winning journalist Natalie Moore in this multi-library, live Zoom event.

How To Be An Antiracist explores what an anti-racist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. The book has been described as an essential read for anyone interested in moving

On Tuesday, November 3, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Arlington Heights Memorial Library will serve as a polling place for voters from Precinct 31 and Precinct 69. The library will be open its regular hours for customers, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. A materials return box will be placed in the outside parking lot during voting hours. The drive-up window will be available and open.

Voting will take place in the Hub on the library's first floor. In accordance with current safety protocols:

  • Voters will enter and exit at the Dunton Avenue entrance.

  • Voters will be spaced six feet apart in queue

The library recently expanded services, including: 

  • Increasing the allowable customer visit length to two-and-a-half-hours.
  • Socially-distant work and study areas in the library are available on a first-come, first-served basis, with one chair per table on the library's first floor, including Kids' World. An additional chair may be requested at the Tech Learning Center Desk or the Kids’ World Desk if the table allows for adequate social distancing, tables are limited to two users. Tables in the Hub are limited to one person/chair per table due to the size of the room.
  • Second floor conference rooms are not available at this time.
  • Computers are available

Masks required for drive-up window service

We are asking every drive-up window customer to wear a mask or face covering. This additional safety step is based on the most recent guidance from the Illinois Department of Health reiterating face coverings are an effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Here's how drive-up pickup window service works:

  1. Have your library card and any additional family members' cards ready.
  1. Enter the library's parking garage. 
  2. Proceed ahead and around to the drive-up window. Please be alert for increased pedestrian and drive-through traffic.If you are on foot or a bike, please come in to

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Resources for Unemployed Individuals 

This month, we celebrate Inclusion Awareness Month and recognize our commitment to serving individuals of all abilities in our community. Our goal is to connect you to resources, services, programs and invite your feedback and ideas. While this year it may be more challenging to get together, we can still express our commitment to inclusion, and are excited to share a community art project and upcoming virtual programming.

Our commitment to inclusion is ongoing, and we want to hear from you! To tell us more about your needs and ideas, contact us via comment cards available in the library, at

Online Databases

You can also explore your interests or learn something new using our online databases! See our learning resources page for a complete list.

  • A to Z World Foods - Recipes and overviews of food from around the world.
  • A to Z World Maps - Thousands of detailed international maps (countries, regions, states, etc.), as well as topographic maps, climate maps and more.
  • Britannica Library - Kids' edition of the world's most famous encyclopedia. Includes a world atlas, state profiles, biographies, animal profiles and much more.
  • Creativebug - More than 1,000 award-winning art & craft video classes taught by

On the library's Online Learning page,, you'll find a wide variety of resources including:
Need help? Don't worry, will be available throughout any school closures. With, you'll have access to live tutors online to help with math, science, English, social studies and more, as well as standardized tests (ACT, SAT, GRE, etc.) and career help (resume reviews, etc.).

Gale Courses
Hundreds of six-week, instructor-led courses on topics ranging from tech skills to creative writing, gardening and starting a business.

Udemy Video Tutorials

Gale Presents: Udemy offers over 3500 on-demand video tutorials covering technology (Office, Windows, and

Students faced with the challenge of earning service hours AND practice social distancing, need to look no further than the Hub’s recently launched Volunteer in Place (VIP) program. Accessed entirely online, VIP provides teens in grades 7-12 with volunteer projects to do at home like creating cards for hospitalized kids or making dog and cat toys for local animal shelters. Teens keep track of their progress on Beanstack, similar to participating in the library’s reading programs. Completed service projects earn badges and ultimately volunteer hours for good deeds done—all from home.  

“We offer something for everyone,” says Teen Advisor Kate Henry, who helped to create VIP